This modest “Magical Town”, located on the banks of the Plutarco Elias Calles Dam, has become famous for a stunning sculpture, located on a small islet over the dam, that features Christ without his right arm and leg, hence the name, Cristo Roto or “Broken Christ.” This impressive statue is a reminder of the meaning of faith.
In addition, San José de Gracia offers the Boca del Tunel Adventure Park, where the green scent of the scenery will overtake you from the moment you set foot in that wonderful canyon. Everywhere you look you will find the exuberance of nature in Aguascalientes, with its green and rivers in contrast, the hanging bridges, the rock formations and its immense lagoon.
San José de Gracia is located in the northwest of the state, just 45 km from the city of Aguascalientes. Experience some adventure tourism in the Boca de Túnel Adventure Park. Explore the Sierra Fría in one of its campsites or hunting lodges. Marvel at the Broken Christ, which rises from the heart of the state’s largest reserve. The sculpture is 28 meters high and is surrounded by 24 niches with figures of Christ representing the state. Savor the exquisite cuisine and admire the impressive landscape.
Enjoy the delicious food that is offered in this Magical Town. Have breakfast at the Las Playas restaurant, which has a wonderful view of the Plutarco Elías Calles reservoir, and from where you can admire the Cristo Roto.
Location: Juan Dominguez Street # 511.
An excellent option for lunch or dinner is the restaurant El Mirador, where you can savor all kinds of seafood, meat, drinks and delicious desserts. You can also enjoy breathtaking views of the Jocoque reservoir.
Have you heard about the Broken Christ? do not? Well, this is one of the main characteristics of San José de Gracia, Magical Town of Aguascalientes. This Broken Christ, is considered one of the largest sculptures in the country. To get to this sculpture, you must take one of the boats from the pier. This is the first thing you should do when visiting this town
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Founded more than four centuries ago by the Chichimeca inhabitants from the outskirts of Tepatitlán, Jalisco, who were fleeing the invasions of the kingdom of Michoacan by the Spaniards, San José de Gracia emerged as a small community made up of sixteen families that subsisted on the hunting, fishing, cutting and wood working, led by the Indian Juan Domínguez.
The old town that prospered to the step of two centuries was named like San Joseph in honor of the son of the king Fernando VII, in 1862. Before it, in the War of Independence the priest Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla arrived at this earth after having been defeated at the Puente de Calderón, on January 19, 1811. San José de Gracia served him as a kind refuge for five days, after which he lost his command as leader of the Insurgent movement.
San José de Gracia is one of the few municipalities in the country that during the Viceroyalty had the Republic of the Indians, and therefore it is a land with a very special syncretic culture in terms of the mixture of indigenous and Catholic beliefs. Proof of this is the existence of the Cult of the Original Lord, which has been proposed as Intangible Heritage of the town, the dances of the Pluma and the Matachines, the pilgrimages of Christs and the representation of the oldest living Stations of the State.
The image of the Broken Christ is a fundamental part for the conservation of the devotion of its inhabitants.
Located on the Island of Plutarco Elías Calles Dam, El Santuario del Cristo Roto is an emblem of the state.
With 25 meters high and a base of 3 meters of concrete and steel, made in honor of the mutilation suffered by the ancient town of San José de Gracia due to the construction of the Plutarco Elías Calles dam curtain.
At the base there is a plaque that invites reflection on not forgetting the weakest and most oppressed.
The Island is an important center of Christian pilgrimage and devotion that receives numerous parishioners every year. This work by the sculptor Miguel Romo represents one of the largest Christs in Latin America.
Make a nice little boat trip and get to know the natural attractions of San José de Gracia.
You can distinguish a small figure of Christ from afar, but as you get closer you realize how big the statue really is.
To get to Broken Christ Island, you must take one of the many boats from the pier. There are constant departures.
The crossing lasts less than ten minutes if you are only visiting the island, but you can also make a longer trip around the dam and the natural canyons.
When crossing the water, simply sit back and enjoy the scenery, the blue sky and the local wildlife. For your own safety and that of others, do not get off the boat until directed by one of the guides.
Excellent views and excellent food are two good reasons to visit the restaurants in San José de Gracia.
In the Municipality of San José de Gracia you will find several restaurants where you can enjoy hydrocaloric cuisine.
San José de Gracia has several restaurants where you can savor the delicious local cuisine.
Some serve delicious seafood, such as shrimp, aguachile (shrimp in spicy seafood sauce) and the traditional shrimp cocktail, as well as the specialties of the house.
Others offer excellent meat dishes prepared in a variety of styles.
The fresh and cozy dining areas invite you to spend a pleasant time with family or friends in a special place.
One restaurant is located on the shore of the Jocoqui reservoir, another has wonderful panoramic views of the canyon and the broken Christ, and others are near the commercial district of the city.
All of them are excellent starting points for walking or hiking.
Before visiting the broken Christ, you must walk through the traditional market and collect some souvenirs to remember your trip to San José de Gracia.
Make sure you go through the traditional craft market in San José de Gracia. You will find ideal memories, such as figures and images of broken Christ and leather goods. The typical craftsmanship of the city is the ceramics molded at low temperatures; You will not have problems finding a wide range of products and styles.
There are also food stalls where you can get delicious Mexican sweets like tacos, sandwiches, frozen drinks, sweets and much more. Go shopping and enjoy a tasty snack while doing it.
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